Nova scienceNOW: How Does the Brain Work?

2011 NR 1h 0m DVD

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Nova scienceNOW: How Does the Brain Work?

2011 NR 1h 0m DVD
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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson takes viewers on a head trip, examining questions about how the brain works in this NOVA special. Tyson visits with Penn Jillette and Teller to examine magic and the mind. Elsewhere, he explores the work of synesthesia researcher and neuroscientist David Eagleman, posing questions like, "What exactly is artificial intelligence?" and "How can the mind be controlled by magnets?"
Full Screen 1.33:1
English SDH
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 10+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 10+
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age 10+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that curious teens and adults will learn a lot from this newsmagazine series about cutting-edge science -- but tweens and younger kids may be bored by the show's technical content and relatively bland presentation. That said, there's no iffy content for any age, so if you and your kids share an interest in science, this is a great show to enjoy together.

Sexual Content

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Some episodes cover potentially scary topics like hurricanes, global warming, epidemics, mass extinction, asteroids headed toward Earth, etc. But none of the topics are overdramatized or played up for effect.


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Social Behavior

The series exposes viewers to cutting-edge advances in science and technology, and the information is presented in a way that's easy for viewers to understand.


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Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

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  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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